3 Steps to Get Fit for Summer!
Spring is the perfect time to get re-motivated with your fitness! Now is the time to put in the effort so you'll feel your best when the weather warms up.
It can take up to three months to see & feel the results of your workouts, so the start of spring is when you need to get to work on your summer body. Before you know it, you'll be saying goodbye to bulky sweaters & staying indoors, and hello to shorts, tank tops & vacations.
Here are the steps to take get your body fit for summer:
1. Prepare mentally.
Think about your summer goals & what it will take to achieve them. Use this as motivation to keep you working hard throughout the spring.
Remember, it's not all about physical appearance. If your goal is to feel confident in a sleeveless top or to rock a new bikini, that's awesome.
But also think about what activities you'll be doing. How strong do you need to be to go rock climbing, water skiing or camping? How much endurance do you need to hike the Grand Canyon, or go on a walking tour of Paris?
2. Make a plan.
Decide what you need to do in order to reach your goals. If you want to get stronger, do full body strength training 2-3 times per week. Be sure to work your core, upper body & lower body. When planning your workouts, think about working opposing muscles. That is, muscles on opposite sides of the body such as biceps & triceps, chest & back, hamstrings & quads.
If you're already strength training but not seeing the results you're looking for, it's probably time to challenge yourself with heavier weights or more difficult exercises.
If your summer plans include endurance activities, you'll want to add a couple hours of cardio to your workout plan. The most efficient way to improve your fitness in the least amount of time is to do HIIT workouts. Push yourself hard during short, high-intensity intervals for the greatest gains.
If one of your goals is to look smashing in your summer clothes, then you'll want to not only do strength training & cardio, but also focus on your nutritional intake. If you could use some support in this area, check out our new 5-Week Spring Meal Plan.
Of course, the only way your plan will work is if you actually follow it! Take some time to consider which obstacles are most likely to throw you off track. Then brainstorm some strategies that will help you overcome those obstacles when the going gets tough.
These examples will give you some ideas:
Obstacle: You're too tired to get out of bed & do your morning workout. Strategy: Prioritize getting to bed early. Set an alarm on your phone to prompt you to get ready for bed.
Obstacle: You lose motivation after a couple weeks of working out. Strategy: Find a way to stay accountable. Buddy up & work out with a friend who will check in on you when you miss a workout. Or stay accountable to yourself with an app like Streaks.
Obstacle: You're still sore from yesterday's workout. Strategy: Give yourself permission to do easy workouts when your body isn't feeling 100%, but not to skip your workout entirely. Remind yourself that you'll always feel better when you move your body and get your blood circulating.
Now is the time!
Whether you're traveling or staying local, summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, savor the fresh air and create new memories with friends & family. It's easier to dive into new experiences when you feel comfortable in your skin and confident in your abilities.
Take the time now to do the work, and you'll thank yourself this summer!